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What does Bjorn mean?

Bjorn Pronunciation of Bjorn [bjorn] as a boys' name is pronounced bee-YORN. It is of Scandinavian and Old Norse origin, and the meaning of Bjorn is "bear". Variant of Bernard. Swedish tennis player Bjorn Borg.

Associated with: scandinavian, norse, bear.


Bjorn has 4 variants: Bjarn, Bjarne, Bjorne and Bjornsterne.

Related boy name: Bern.

5 more relations via Bernard: Barny, Bear, Bern, Bernd and Bernt.

Creative forms:
(male) Bjogan, Burorn, ..

(female) Bjoan, Bjora, ..

Middle name pairings:
Bjorn Kaison (B.K.), ..

How popular is Bjorn?

Bjorn is an unusual given name for men but a very prominent surname for all people (#47735 out of 150436, Top 32%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Bjorn entered the list in 1970-1979 and reached its apex position of #1246 in the U.S. in the 1980s, and is at #1616 presently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bjorn name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Bjorn outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Prominent variation forms of Bjorn (#1616 in recent rankings) are Bear (#1307 in recent rankings) and Bernard (#1218). These forms of Bjorn were at the top of their popularity in the 1920s (usage of 0.38%) and have become much less common since (usage 0.02%, down 94.8%).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bjorn, Bear, Bernard in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Bjorn outside U.S.

Similar Names

Bjorn is alike in pronunciation to Beirne, Berne, Biron, Born, Borne, Bourn, Bourne, Buiron, Burn, Burne, Byrn and Byrne. Other suggested similar names are Borg, Boyn, Bron, Brown, Gjorn, Jorn, Lorn and Thorn. Like Bjorn, these names are not commonly used.

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